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Old 02-14-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Emersed starter plants?


Ok, so I bought some cheap plastic pots, a large plastic container, and some miracle gro organic potting mix on a whim today...

I want to try and grow a couple of plants emersed - what are some good choices? I have lots of various plants in my tanks.

Also, can I stick this near a window, or should I get some dedicated lighting for it?

I can't use the search feature for some reason right now, but is there an "emersed how-to" thread out there?

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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Bacopa Monnieri.
I took 3 cuttings and put in a glass bottle, covered the top with saran wrap then put it next to my window. I spray it with water everyday until it acclimate to the humidity. Then when it grows to the surface, I open the saran wrap and it grew out of the bottle. Occasionally, I spray it with water. It even grew flowers. It is still growing now and when I forget to trim it, it'll grew too high and drooped down and grows sideways.
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i like growing cryptocorybne emersed but i wouldn't plant them directly in pure unsubmersed miracle gro. its too nutrient rich to be submerged initially. the soil has to gradually convert to a stable submersed state for it to be safe to plant imo
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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There are a multitude of "starter" plants for emmersed culture. Some of the ones that come to mind as easy include Bacopa Caroliniana, Rotala Rotundifolia, Pennywort, and Ludwigia Repens. Although the last is a native so go figure it would do well outdoors. Limnophila Aromatica was also able to withstand the high summer temps here in Texas.

If you have a lot of plants available, do some trial and error. Its always fun to see what you can get going.
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Most plants can easily be grown emersed. It's all about choosing a few and see if they grow. One of the easiest to grow for me is Hydrocotyle tripartita aka sp Japan. It grows like a weed for me emersed and it can be hardened off to lower humidity. In fact, I grow it on my windowsill without any sort of cover.
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i like growing cryptocorybne emersed but i wouldn't plant them directly in pure unsubmersed miracle gro. its too nutrient rich to be submerged initially. the soil has to gradually convert to a stable submersed state for it to be safe to plant imo
that was not my experience. my whole emersed tub is with miracle grow. got c. wendtiis brown, bronze, green gecko, and tropica. c. pondeterifolia, c. hudoroi, c. spiralis, and c. parva. the c. wendtii brown flowered. so did many other plants.
the plants that do best in my setup are the crypts, anubias, bucephalandra, periscaria, eriocaulon parkeri, HM, HC, glosso, and nesaea.
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Thanks guys! Marco's tub is my inspiration :-)
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Anubias are my favorite emersed. They grow very fast when compared to submersed growth
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Anubias are my favorite emersed. They grow very fast when compared to submersed growth
And algae-free, too!
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I did this very thing last weekend but in a 10g. One word of advise is that my dry miracle gro organic potting mix and my pots were very thin plastic from the dollar store created a very frusterating afternoon because everything wanted to float causing everything to tip over and spill out. So I would try an wet down the potting soil as best as I could before filling the pots and make sure it will sink before planting everything.

I have dwarf hair grass and crypt parva in mine because that is what I had on hand.

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I did this very thing last weekend but in a 10g. One word of advise is that my dry miracle gro organic potting mix and my pots were very thin plastic from the dollar store created a very frusterating afternoon because everything wanted to float causing everything to tip over and spill out. So I would try an wet down the potting soil as best as I could before filling the pots and make sure it will sink before planting everything.

I have dwarf hair grass and crypt parva in mine because that is what I had on hand.

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It helps to put a layer of gravel on top of the topsoil, too. You can either use a clay aquarium gravel (such as Fluorite) or an inert gravel. This will help to keep everything cleaner.
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I used clay pots for my emersed plants. I keep the water level below the rim of the pot so not a problem. Top soil is the substrate of choice and it does just fine. Have never misted nor tried to keep the humidity up. No losses so far after 3 years growing.
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This was just to grow some plantes emersed I was only filling up with water to top edge of the pots but it took a while before I could get them saturated enough to stay upright.

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Do you keep the lid on these things for humidity then? Maybe I should find something with a clear lid.
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Do you keep the lid on these things for humidity then? Maybe I should find something with a clear lid.
Yes you should keep a lid on top. Do you have any extra fish tanks around? It's easy to put glass top on an aquarium.
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